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PREVIEW: PDL2 PLAY-OFF FINAL ON SATURDAY

11 May 2016

Season finale takes place at Bramall Lane this weekend

- Under-21s play PDL2 Play-Off Final on Saturday
- 1pm KO against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane
- Find out more about the young Terriers here

Huddersfield Town’s Under-21s will aim to become Professional Development League 2 Champions on Saturday when they face Sheffield United in the season-ending Play-Off Final at Bramall Lane.

Having won the northern title in another successful season at Under-21 level, Frankie Bunn’s young Terriers defeated Millwall at the semi-final stage to setup Saturday’s clash against the Blades.

The 1pm kick-off must herald a result, so extra-time and penalties will be utilised if required.

TOWN U21s: SEASON SO FAR

The Terriers are the 2015/16 PDL2 North Champions, having won 20 and drawn five of 30 regular season league games. Those results saw them top the table by eight clear points, with Saturday’s opposition in second place.

Bunn’s side was the most prolific in front of goal in both the PDL2 North and South, scoring an impressive 65 goals in those 30 games. Under-18 striker Rekeil Pyke (pictured below) topped the charts with 11 Under-21 goals from 31 appearances, whilst Flo Bojaj got 10 in 23.



Left back Jack Senior has played every second of competitive action for Town’s Under-21s in league and cup this term, with midfielder Regan Booty, right back Jacob Hanson and attacker Ronan Coughlan also featuring regularly.

This is Town’s second successive PDL2 Final; Bunn’s men lost last season’s 3-2 at Swansea City, where Bojaj netted a brace.

Before that, Town reached the semi-finals in 2012/13 and 2013/14, losing to Charlton Athletic and QPR respectively.

Many of the current Under-21 group played in the U18s’ Play-Off Final win in 2014. Bunn was in charge of the U18 side at that point, with the line-up that defeated Crewe Alexandra on the day including current U21 regulars William Boyle, Danny Kane, Jake Charles, Regan Booty, Flo Bojaj and Rekeil Pyke.

SHEFF UTD: SEASON SO FAR

The young Blades are led by one-time Town coach John Dungworth and defeated southern champs Charlton Athletic in the other semi-final to reach Saturday’s showpiece.

A 16 match unbeaten run through the second half of the season cemented United’s place in the end of season Play-Offs; a run ended by Colchester United in April.

Regulars in the side include striker Diego De Girolamo, central midfielder Louis Reid and recent First Team debutant Graham Kelly.

United have also utilised the ruling that allows Under-21 teams to name three overage outfield players in the side, as well as an overage goalkeeper.

PAST MEETINGS

The sides first met back in November at PPG Canalside, when Town’s proficiency at set pieces earned an eighth straight win at the Blades’ expense. Despite a red card for centre back Fraser Horsfall, the Terriers still won when William Boyle netted from a set piece for a 1-0 win.

Highlights of that game are below thanks to HTTV!



United exacted revenge in February 2016, with Town losing a first game in 16 at Bramall Lane; the hosts deservedly winning 2-0.

ADMISSION NEWS

Fans will be housed in the in the John Street Stand at Bramall Lane this weekend, with admission prices set at £3 adults and £1 concessions at the gate.

Can’t get to Bramall Lane this Saturday? Follow the game on Town’s official Twitter account @htafcdotcom!



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